MY STORY: It’s complicated. It’s messy. It’s heartbreaking. It’s also entirely beautiful.
I grew up in Natal, South Africa under the oppressive political regime of apartheid. It was an environment rich with varied experiences; the hot African sun, politics, Nelson Mandela, peacocks and mangoes. While my early memories are colored with my Indian heritage combined with African culture, it was the politics of South Africa that stays with me the most. Growing up in the midst of the stifling oppression of apartheid has given me a lifelong appreciation and passion for democracy, human rights and freedom of speech. I immigrated to Alberta, Canada when I was 12 years old and started adjusting to a whole new way of life; freedom, snow and prairies. Here I attended middle and high school and later completed a B.A. degree from the University of Alberta.
I started painting and drawing in my teens without any formal instruction, support or encouragement. As I headed into my twenties, I abruptly stopped and went through a long period of soul searching, discovering myself and mending my soul. All the while, my dreams of art lay hidden in my heart just waiting to bloom. A 4-month life changing pilgrimage through India when I turned 30 brought me face to face with mySELF and my dreams of art began to take hold of me so strongly, I could do nothing but succumb. I started to paint again and filled up canvases with my heart’s deepest longings. While my earlier works were heavily influenced by Indian aesthetics, my art today is more universal in nature.
My works are very woman-centered and speak of the many aspects of the female soul; empowerment, wisdom, courage and grace. I also address the broken parts of ourselves-our fears and vulnerabilities. I believe it is when we acknowledge and share all parts of ourselves and our journey, therein lies the power to heal ourselves and others. I put my heart and soul into my art every piece becomes a part of me. Nothing makes me happier than when I have touched another person’s heart through my paintings. I firmly believe in the power of storytelling. It is through our stories that we learn, share, grow, celebrate, love and live. Each of my paintings tells a story of the deepest parts of our souls. Of what it is to be fragile, vulnerable, joyful, hopeful…of what it is to be human.
I currently live in Colorado with my husband and baby girl. Here you will find me painting, reading, writing, mothering, loving, blogging and puttering around the garden…all while taking 101 pics of it all. This is my journey, and I hope it will inspire you on yours.